When I first downloaded Skyscape’s Medical Bag for only $1.99, I was telling myself OK this would be very simple for sure. Telling myself that this must be a shrunken version of Skyscape’s titles seducing us to buy the fuller versions, a standard marketing strategy still valid in the tech world. Much like getting a tiny free sample of an expensive perfume.
However, and stunningly, it was not! Play this video for details;
In fact if you see the video above it shows clearly that the life support content is exactly as the original version and the selected calculators are closer to Archimedes 360 than it is to the free Archimedes. Only the lab section is perhaps significantly trimmed down from the original Labs 360, but in any case still they include what is commonly asked for in clinical practice.
But anyway this is a great deal. The combined prices of the original components is over $80 in Skyscape’s Website and you get them all for only $1.99! Are they serious?
This is not the first time Skyscape is giving away their titles in such a low price. They have done it before in their first iPhone app, the Skyscape Medical Resources. Probably, they realized that selling thousands [may be hundreds of thousands] of low priced apps is more profitable than selling hundreds of high priced apps.
Note that both Skyscape Medical Resources and Skyscape Medical Bag are not offered in the Skyscape website only in iTunes App Store, and there are no Palm or WM or BB versions, only iPhone version. Why? may be they want to take advantage of the alarmingly increasing number of “iPhone” doctors!
Ultimately, this is good for us consumers. We certainly love lower prices.
So here’s my advice; if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, Do not buy Life Support 360, And perhaps Don’t buy Archimedes 360 and Labs 360 either.
Instead go to iTunes App Store and download the Skyscape Medical Bag for only $1.99.
And if you don’t have an iPhone or iPod Touch, get yourself one of them soon.
Of note, Skyscape is using their properiatory titles in these “subsidized” collections because otherwise they would have to pay royalties if they for example include the Harriet Lane or Davis’s Drug Guide.